Apprentice Artists

The 2017 GLOW Apprentice Artist Program (GAAP)

Each season the GLOW Apprentice Artist Program provides a selected group of young opera singers the opportunity to train with GLOW Lyric Theatre’s professional staff and performers. GAAP acts as a bridge between post-secondary music/opera education and the professional performing world. In addition to vocal training, GLOW Lyric Theatre provides performance evaluations, resume development, audition etiquette and techniques, and career development. GAAP members receive weekly stipends and are given small and ensemble roles within the Main Stage Season performances. The apprentice artists also perform in GLOW’s new music cabarets and attend weekly classes and coaching sessions taught by professional performers in opera and musical theatre.

KatherineKuhfussKatherine Kuhfuss, soprano is excited to be making her debut with GLOW Lyric Theater and to be the soprano member of Glow Apprentice Artist Program for 2017. She has recently returned to the stage after teaching music privately and in the public schools for almost a decade. Her most recent engagements include the role of Foreign Woman in The Consul by Menotti with Harrower Opera Program and performing with Converse’s Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the 2016 Young Artist Competition. Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Katherine Kuhfuss received a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina in Music Education with a Vocal Performance Certificate. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she studies with Dr. Susan Lyle.

VanNordenMargaretMacy VanNorden, soprano,  from Schenectady, NY, is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in Opera Theater at the University of South Carolina. She studies with Janet Hopkins and is a choral scholar at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. In March 2017, Margaret performed with the USC Symphony as a winner of the USC School of Music’s concerto competition. Margaret has also appeared in Opera at USC’s productions of Later the Same Evening as Valentia Scarcella in February 2017 and Sunday in the Park with George as Dot/Marie in November 2016. Margaret was a featured soloist in the Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s winter concerts in 2015, singing selections from Handel’s Messiah. She won the SUNY Fredonia School of Music’s Concerto Competition and performed with the SUNY Fredonia Symphony Orchestra in May 2014. She also received a Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Fredonia in April 2014 in recognition of her musical understanding and technical proficiency as demonstrated in recital. Previous credits include Ortensia/Eustacia in John Musto’s Bastianello and Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s

EmlynnShoemakerEmlynn Shoemaker, mezzosoprano, is a rising Senior music major at Presbyterian College where she studies with Dr. Christian Elser.. In the past three years, she has performed the roles of  “Toad” in  A Year With Frog and Toad, “Betty Jean” in The Marvelous Wonderettes, and the title role of “Dido” in Dido and Aeneas with PC College Opera & Musical Theatre. She is a 2016 NATS competition Regional Finalist, and is the recent winner of the 2017 PC Orval Oleson Concerto Competition. This is her second season with Glow Lyric Theatre, having performed in the ensemble of the 2016 production of Roméo et Juliette.

John Siarris, head shotJohn Siarris, Baritone, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from University of South Carolina, and will attend Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2017 as a Master of Music candidate. He made his Glow Lyric Theatre debut as King Melchoir in their 2016 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. John, a voice student of Jacob Will, has sung with Opera at USC, Harrower Opera at Georgia State University, Festival of International Opera of the Americas in Brazil, South America and Opera Breve in Witchita Falls, Texas. His operatic roles include Masetto, Leporello and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), George Jones (Street Scene), Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and most recently, Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville). In spring 2014, John sang the role of J. Tertius Riddle, in a scene from The Passion of Jonathan Wade, for a special presentation honoring composer Carlisle Floyd, at USC